Weekly Update: Fighting for Equal Pay, Protecting Clean Air, and Enhancing Pennsylvania’s Roads

first_img June 11, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter The Blog,  Weekly Update Equal PayLast Wednesday, Governor Wolf joined with First Lady Frances Wolf to take executive action to address the gender pay gap that hurts women, families, and businesses. He also called on the General Assembly to pass legislation that would pass similar protections for all working women in the commonwealth.Executive Order 2018-18-03, Equal Pay for Employees of the Commonwealth, directs state agencies under the governor’s jurisdiction to:No longer ask job applicants their salary history during the hiring process;Base salaries on job responsibilities, position pay range, and the applicant’s job knowledge and skills;Clearly explain the pay range on job postings.Methane ReductionGovernor Wolf joined with the Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday to announce the issuance of new general permits for unconventional natural gas wells and compression, processing, and transmission facilities that will reduce air pollution and establish a control threshold on methane emissions.“These permits represent the first step of my Methane Reduction Strategy and my administration’s continuing commitment to cleaner, healthier air across the commonwealth,” said Governor Wolf. “Cleaner air means healthier communities – for our citizens, and especially for our children. These new permits are one example of a way that we can have positive economic development without compromising public health.”Methane, the primary component of natural gas, has been identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the second-most prevalent greenhouse gas emitted in the United States from human activities.Jobs that PayGovernor Wolf continued to build on his jobs that pay initiative this week when he announced 550 new family-sustaining jobs in Montgomery County through the expansion of AmerisourceBergen which is one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical distributors. On Tuesday he announced the creation of 60 jobs in Meadville through the expansion of Acutec Precision Aerospace, Inc. On Wednesday he announced that the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority will award new low-interest loans to 6 different business projects in 5 counties. These loans will create and retain nearly 100 jobs statewide.InfrastructureOn Thursday, Governor Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards announced a long-term multimodal transportation management plan that will enhance travel and safety along Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) corridor between King of Prussia and Philadelphia. Additionally, he continued to rollout his statewide plan, Resurface PA, in Pittsburgh on Friday.“My administration is not only focused on improving our roadways’ condition, but also the time it takes and the experience you have while traveling on them,” Governor Wolf said. “A government that works is one that uses every available resource for maximum impact, which we’re putting into practice.”Here are more details on the governor’s transportation plan for I-76.Governor Wolf’s Week, June 3-9, 2018Monday, 6/4/18Governor Wolf Announces Funding for The York Plan 2.0 Project to Revitalize Manufacturing SectorWolf Administration Hosts Cabinet in Your Community Event in Slippery RockTuesday, 6/5/18Governor Wolf Announces Acutec Precision Aerospace to Invest in Meadville Through Facility Expansion, Creating 60 JobsGovernor Wolf Praises House Committee Action to Empower Victims, Curb HazingWednesday, 6/6/18Governor Wolf Announces AmerisourceBergen Selects Pennsylvania for Expansion of National Headquarters, Adding More Than 550 New JobsGovernor Wolf Announces New Loan Approvals for Six Projects in Five Counties, Supporting Nearly 100 Small Business Jobs StatewideGovernor Wolf Takes Action on Equal Pay for WomenExecutive Order: 2018-18-03 – Equal Pay for Employees of the CommonwealthGovernor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff in Warren County to Honor K9 Officer ChoperThursday, 6/7/18Wolf Administration Continues Implementation of Methane Reduction Strategy by Releasing New Natural Gas Permits to Reduce Air PollutionGovernor Wolf, PennDOT Secretary Announce Plan to Improve Travel Between King of Prussia and Philadelphia Using New Smart Corridor TechnologiesGovernor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf Announce Summer 2018 Public Events Schedule at the Governor’s ResidenceGovernor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Dover Township Fire Department Fire Police Officer Grant FromanGovernor Wolf Announces Pennsylvania Ranks Second in Nation for Reduction of Opioid PrescriptionsFriday, 6/8/18Wolf Administration Cabinet Members Host 20th Cabinet in Your Community EventGovernor Wolf Announces Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program Application Deadline Extended to End of YearGovernor Wolf Continues Rollout of Statewide ‘Resurface PA’ Initiative to Attack PotholesHighlights from TwitterIn PA, women currently make 79¢ for every $1 a man earns. Later today I’m announcing a new executive order to close the gender pay gap for commonwealth employees. Equal work deserves equal pay. The GOP legislature should pass laws protecting all PA’ians from pay discrimination. pic.twitter.com/JQREsA0NvQ— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 6, 2018 Weekly Update: Fighting for Equal Pay, Protecting Clean Air, and Enhancing Pennsylvania’s Roads Today I was in Pittsburgh to repair a pothole on West Carson St. and announce our accelerated road repair efforts ahead of summer travel. Through my #ResurfacePA initiative, we’re dedicating as many resources as possible to repairing potholes. Report a pothole: 1-800-FIX-ROAD pic.twitter.com/BUWhEc22Ed— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) June 8, 2018last_img read more

No. 5 Syracuse’s reliance on Ben Williams costs it in 16-15 overtime loss to No. 11 Duke

first_img Published on March 26, 2016 at 5:15 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossman DURHAM, N.C. — Ben Williams leaned into the game’s last faceoff in a familiar spot. Game tied. Overtime. His chance to permanently turn the game’s momentum with one clamp of his stick.His final faceoff last week against Johns Hopkins came on the heels of a game-tying goal by the Blue Jays with 38 seconds left in regulation. Williams had his chance, but the ball never touched an SU stick after he let Hunter Moreland scoop up the faceoff. Game over.On Saturday SU’s junior faceoff specialist kneeled on the dirt patch at midfield for the 28th time — the four-minute overtime period ready to start at the flinch of his stick after the Orange blew a four-goal, fourth-quarter lead. Williams had his chance, but Kyle Rowe streaked away from the X with the game-winning goal in his stick. Game over.Williams still won 12 faceoffs in his toughest test of the season, but once again couldn’t grab ahold of the game when it stared back at him on the X.“That’s a great question,” head coach John Desko said when asked about Williams’ ability to win a game-changing faceoff. “He gets us the ball early and puts us in that position.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’ve got to learn to play when we don’t have the ball.”That was the paramount issue for a Syracuse team that watched Duke win 19-of-34 faceoffs, by far the most of any opponent the Orange has faced this year. SU didn’t have the ball when it mattered most, and No. 11 Duke (7-4, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) scored five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to eventually topple No. 5 Syracuse (5-2, 1-1), 16-15, in overtime on Saturday afternoon in Koskinen Stadium.Blue Devils midfielder Deemer Class punished the Orange for a career-high seven-goals. Three of those came in a 12-minute, fourth-quarter scoring drought for SU that foreshadowed the game-ending shot placed in by Chad Cohan less than a minute into overtime.“Very much like last week,” Desko said, “we didn’t learn how to close it out.”“(Duke) started to win some faceoffs, especially after goals … We’ve got to learn to play like that.”The scoreless stretch was the product of nearly a winless fourth quarter at the X. Williams lost four of his five opportunities, and in a last-ditch effort to inject life into the offense, backup Cal Paduda lost his only real chance after a Duke faceoff violation gave SU the ball earlier.Williams’ sustained success over the last year and a half has allowed Syracuse to flourish offensively, freely taking a high volume of shots knowing he was a sure bet to get the ball back on the faceoff. On Saturday the Orange instead had to rely on groundballs, which it was beat 35-32 on, and turnovers to create offensive possessions.After picking up a groundball on a clear attempt, Derek DeJoe ended the scoring drought with a low-slung laser that Blue Devils goalie Danny Fowler appeared to stop, then tap in as he turned around to see where the ball was. It knotted the score at 15 in the last three minutes, with a four-goal lead 12 minutes prior a distant memory.“When you tend to have a lead, some people mentally might feel a little more relaxed,” senior defender Brandon Mullins said. “I guess we just have to do a better job keeping the foot on the gas.”Williams had his chance to freeze the meltdown, but let the ball, and Rowe, slip out of his reach. All game he was sandwiched between Duke’s physical wings, a repeated beating that didn’t lend itself kindly to his performance at the end of the game.Syracuse blew it’s chance to win on the final possession of regulation, and despite a fitting end to disastrous fourth quarter, the ledger reset when Williams took a knee for the opening faceoff in overtime.But the lifeblood of the Orange offense, even with only three goals to his name this season, couldn’t score where he had the chance. At the X.“Ben’s a great player,” SU’s points leader, Dylan Donaue said. “He’s going to have a couple of off days.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more